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March 8th, 2013 · 33 Comments

The fate of early bloggers

Just when you think that the bureaucrats at the Vatican cannot do anything stupider than they’ve done before, they manage do outdo themselves:

One of the domain names of a website that is the primary source of information on clergy sex abuse cases has been blocked on the Vatican’s web servers.

Users on Vatican servers who try to access one of the four web addresses for Bishopaccountability.org, which tracks publicly available information on clergy accused of abuse, are told the page has been blocked because of “Hate/Racism.”

A Vatican spokesman said the site may be blocked because of an automatic filter system that checks words that appear on websites for explicit nature or inappropriateness.


Bishopaccountability.org, which is a non-profit corporation in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, is run by a staff of two located in the Boston area.

A staple of those researching the decades-long clergy sex abuse crisis, the site includes links to reporting on abuse since the 1980s, a database of accused abusers throughout the U.S., testimonies of abuse survivors, and court documents from lawsuits and criminal prosecutions across the U.S.

Among its activities in the past year, the site has:

*Made available more than 8,500 pages of material detailing claims of sexual abuse by a group of Franciscan priests and brothers in California, after their court-ordered release in May 2012;

*Provided a detailed timeline of the witness testimonies and evidence in the trial of Msgr. William Lynn, a former official in the Philadelphia archdiocese who was found guilty in June 2012 of endangering children during his time at the archdiocese from 1992-2004, and;

*Given background information on the release of some 12,000 files documenting Cardinal Roger Mahony and the Los Angeles’ archdiocese’s handling of abuse cases in the 1980s, following the files’ court ordered release in February 2013;

“This Web site is dedicated to the survivors and their families and loved ones,” the site states on its “About us” page.

Access to one of the site’s four addresses was prevented by the web service provided in Paul VI Audience Hall, a facility the Vatican has provided for use by reporters during the papal transition.

I helped BishopAccountability get started. It has hundreds of thousands of pages of documents which are being organized and put on the web. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

What the Vatican bureaucrats at all levels do not yet realize is that the web makes secrecy almost impossible. Their idiocies will be broadcast world-wide, so they might as well do the right thing.

Any attempts to suppress the web will fail, and will only give wider publicity to their mistakes:


It used to be said, O that mine enemy would write a book! Now it can be said, O that mine enemy would try to block my web site!

(PS: The excuse that it was blocked accidentally does not hold water. If it had been blocked because of sexual content – understandable – it would have said BLOCKED BECAUSE OF SEXUAL CONTENT, not HATE/RACISM. Maybe Cardinal Mahony’s delicate sensibilities were offended.)

Tags: Vatican · clergy sex abuse scandal

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mary // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

    My forty something daughter called this morning,.
    ” Mom I gotta tell ya, the Cardinals they are interviewing on tv….( not wanting to offend my priestly religious sensibilities ) well mom you can just tell they are gay.”

    I thought….No wonder Vatican Spkesman Fr lombardi told the American Cardinals to shut up and stop giving Press Concferences.(she cannot be the ONLY one who noticed)

  • 2 Anonymous // Mar 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    They put you on the hit parade too Leon.

    Fear not the Truth will win out ….eventually.

  • 3 Oso Pious // Mar 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    THE NEXT STEP WILL BE TO BRAND US AS “TERRORISTS” and send in Vatican Drones. The new movie “Emperor” which is about Emperor Hirohito and General MacArthur in 1945 show us how we used to treat people who thought they were God. Instead of getting a Nobel Peace Prize, MacArthur was villianized and fired by President Truman. We don’t talk to our enemies anymore, we just “brand” them and incinerate them with drones or kill them virtually by unplugging and blocking their web blogs. MacArthur allowed free speech in post-war Japan, separated Church and State, and allowed the Shinto Divine Emperor cult to wither and die. The same process will now occur with the Vatican and their attempt at censorship!

  • 4 Sibyl // Mar 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Mary, Your daughter’s observation shows Dr. Podles is right about the effeminization of the church and of males in Western culture as well.
    Dr. Anthony Esolen, author of The Unseen Victims and A Priesthood of Fathers, has also got a handle on this great tragedy.

    Fatherlessness (due to abandonment, apathy, abuse, addiction, adultery, etc.) is at the bottom of the father hunger that distorts and disorients boys identities, drives them to same-sex attraction, and homo-bi-etc. sexuality.

    Women have also been wounded, masculinized and hardened by many factors…including abortion and sexual promiscuity.

  • 5 More of the Same // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Bishop Accountability couldn’t have asked for a bigger boost.

    I learned many years ago that if the institution of the Catholic Church is trying to “ban” some source of information, it is probably because of some very inconvenient truth they are trying desperately to keep hidden (case in point: I well remember hearing about how horribly anti-Catholic the documentary about the Magdalene Laundries was, that it was full of lies and a sin to watch—now we know it was true and then some)

    The hilarious part is that the PTB in the Church really do seem to have missed the memo: in the age of the internet and instant access to information, this kind of behavior just makes them the object of derision to anybody with eyes, ears, and a brain.

    That victims now have the ability to share stories and realize they were not the only ones and that it wasn’t their fault is probably the biggest thorn in the side of the corrupt factions of the Church.

    They don’t say knowledge is power for nothing.

  • 6 cm // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    A modest proposal…This reminds me of when a baby puts a hand towel over his head and thinks his mother can’t see him. If clerics have no object permanence then they are even more immature than I thought. It makes sense, though. If you say you are sorry, all the badness you did goes away. If you block the badness on the website, it just goes away. Poof!

  • 7 Mary Ann // Mar 8, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    How silly of the Vatican, if purposeful, but it may have been as was said, that it was an automatic blocking by a filter. In any case, the Irish just finished an in-depth study of the Magdalene laundries and found that they were not bad at all. They were quite surprised. We need to always be careful about things “everybody knows” to be true.

  • 8 Mary // Mar 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks so much Sibyl and MoS for both inputs. In a strange way everything became so much clearer today.Leon’s post and my daughter and son in law’s observational impressions of the News ,along with an interesting phone call, made me realize why Fr Lombardi made such a big point to stop the US Cardinals who are staying at the N American University from giving their almost incessant Press Conferences.Face time in front of the cameras reveals so much !
    BishopAccountability is a wonderful source for documentation and News files .They collect and print facts News Reports ,charges and trials along with the outcomes. I imagine the reporters in the past have refered to it often when covering the background info on Cardinals and their Sees that they are writing about .

    cm .These clerics do not need a washclothe , they just close their eyes and believe we cannot see them! You have to close your eyes when applying eye shadow too.

    Fr , Voris’ should really look at who the “friends” of whomever fed him the false information concerning the hatred of Latin Mass by the Disordered. Just perhaps it was the cleric he planned that luxury Lenten cruise “Retreat” with?
    I read on the online brochure you could feast according to your own time or eat during the “TRADITIONAL” dining hours.

  • 9 Mary // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I looked through the book cited in this article
    and happened on a page where the Gay Lector at St Anthony’s shrine is speaking about the older ladies who serve as “eucharistic ministers” .He says they ask no questions and pretend they are not speaking with a gay man priest or lector, get to be 87 or so and then they die.

    Mary Ann they count on you not knowing or wanting to know! most of all they use OD co op women ,especially older women counting on their piety and love of the Latin Mass to defend them against anyone who does know.
    Could you please post the link to the study so that we can research who paid for it?

  • 10 Mary // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Mary Ann, This recent article in Ireland about the Laundries elicited over 400 commentaries.

  • 11 Mary // Mar 9, 2013 at 11:09 am


  • 12 Mary // Mar 9, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Mary Ann this reminds me way too much of the Faith Based Initiatives of Bush and the most recent privatization of the prison systems that are surfacing .

    Really would appreciate the source document for the “not so bad” Magdalen Laundries. The same was stated about Maciel, but we know differently now thanks to the work of Gerald Renner and Jason Berry who were willing to interview the ex RC/LC’s and dig deeper.

  • 13 Augusta Wynn // Mar 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Bishopaccountability.org is a national
    treasure, thanks to the brilliant and generous souls who continue to post information daily on the clergy abuse scourge. Leave it to the Vatican to block access. Heaven forbid that the Cardinals should be educated about themselves and those who serve under them.
    Born of great love, bishopaccountability is the antithesis of racism and hate. Whatever would Vatican men know of love, of courage?
    Bishopaccountability is the inspired work of great souls, something else these pompous men know nothing about.

  • 14 Oso Pious // Mar 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Sibyl, Fatherlessness is indeed one of the main causes of priestly pedophile tragedy! One of the pedophile priests, Father Carl LeClair even started a men’s initiation group called “Warriors of the Sacred King”. I was a member and we all had deep father wounds which Father Carl skilfully manipulated to his pleasure. Father Clair was called “Lionmaster” and conducted the workshops/retreats as our guru/shaman leader. You can read moe at BishopAccountability’s web site if the Vatican hasn’t blocked it yet! In the meantime, Father Carl was involved in his Arizona parish with young boys who later accused him of sexual pedastry. I think Maciel had a similar process going with his seminarians.

  • 15 Mary Ann // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm


    This is the link to the Irish government report.

  • 16 Mary Ann // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    The review I read said that the government was heavily involved in sending women and in determining the conditions there. It also said conditions were not as advertised, and were common in Irish institutions. I haven’t read the report. I don’t know. I believe those who say they suffered. I don’t believe Hollywood.

  • 17 Mary // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Mary Ann, Because the government was involved they can be sued also. that is why I said it reminds me way to much of the compromises now being asked of the Faith Based institutions Bush partnered with .Same thing happened with the Parochial schools .When Church accepts money from gov they must play by gov rules.
    Who policed the nuns in the Laundries? No one.Were those nuns paid well? Probably not. Where did the money from the government go then? So why was there any need to oversee the nuns or the conditions there?

    Andrew Sullivan on Chris Matthew’s show this morning..Spinning channels I caught the very end.
    Matthews and about four other people sitting to gether laughing uproariously .”So, here we have a majority of homosexual Cardinals voting for a Pope!” the bearded man said bending over with hysteria, they were all laughing with him……..” When will THEY wake up to REALITY?” All laughing fade out .Matthews saying ,”Thankyou Andrew Sullivan for being our guest today.”

    Benedict’s signature on barring the “deeply rooted disordered” from the seminaries was one thing but when cornered on black and white decision for same sex marriage, quite another thing entirely.This really caused a fury amongst the gays…hypocrisy is how they see it.Hence, the “blackmail.”we have heard about.

    Oso, The HX ebophile goes for the adolescent virgin who is just waking to sexuality. Certain priests are known to be grooming them by telling them they have a vocation to the priesthood.

    Voris is promoting Burke for the Papacy now.
    But wait one darn minute!

    Gee I thought the Church was not a Democracy and WE have no vote so why the big push?

  • 18 Mary Ann // Mar 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    As I said, it was a review of the government report. it was on a priest’s blog on a Catholic website, but is not there now. I couldn’t find it, so I posted the url of the actual report, so you can judge for yourself.

  • 19 Anonymous // Mar 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm


    Many testimonials of the abused include graphic details of the grooming process including watching pornographic movies with the accused. This is a tool they used to stir sexual feelings in a youth.How many boys have been invited to rectories because the priest wanted to discuss a possible vocation or altar service instructions?
    How many priests have been punished by their Bishops from complaining about the pornography other priests have in the rectory?
    How many times have you heard a brave priest speak out from the pulpit against viewing pornographic images especially directed at men and boys?
    This is why the TOB lectures are so dangerous in the wrong hands .

  • 20 TheAltonRoute // Mar 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm


    I think we’re going to see the conclave turn into an appointment by acclamation. I can see it now: mobs of adolescent goons organized by the Ford Foundation or its Catholic equivalent showing up outside churches demanding the appointment of so-and-so to the papal throne. It’ll be similar to how Obama got the Democratic nomination.

    Regarding the nuns who ran the labor camps in Ireland and the torture/psychiatric institutions in Canada (US too?), I imagine that the mother superiors were raking in the cash while the other nuns got nothing.

  • 21 Joseph D'Hippolito // Mar 11, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Regarding the blocking of bishopsaccountability.org…

    Plus ca change….

  • 22 Mary // Mar 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I do not think the M Superiors raked in the cash . Not if the monies were distributed to them through the Chanceries of the Diocese’ accounting offices where they were located.
    I will bet same M Superiors were annoyed and perhaps taking it out on their charges knowing the lion share from the government was supporting luxury digs and trips for the Prelates in charge.Read Jason Berry’s latest book on diocesan finances.

    The Papal election is absolutely rediculous when watched or read about in the News.
    They ended this show all laughing about all the gay Cardinals electing the next Pope with Andrew Sullivan stating how Catholics,” better get realistic!”Last night a very Catholic friend called and told me,According to friends in Rome, homosexuality is just an accepted norm in the Vatican.”

  • 23 Mary // Mar 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Joseph ,
    …….vous misez!
    only much worse in …devilishness oops, deviousness……..

  • 24 TheAltonRoute // Mar 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm


    The Church bureaucracy appears to have gone majority homosexual in general. I was looking at a campus ministry program at a Catholic university in a nearby large city. More than a few of the lay “ministers” at that university look homosexual. American evangelicals are the last ones standing in the culture wars. The Church has gone more or less completely over to the establishment. The only thing left is for the Church formally to adopt gay marriage.

  • 25 Mary // Mar 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

    A Sr Florence and others are banging the drums for women priests .every Morning News show was touting higher percentages of Catholics WANT female priests than not.
    A great priest and friend said to me years ago on the subject of women priests ,” Why are they demanding women priests? They already have plenty!!”

  • 26 Mary // Mar 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Heeeere’s Sr Flo………….


  • 27 Mary // Mar 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

    The Holy Ghost left when the Freemasons took over the church .Neither the gay clergy or the feminist nuns seem to be aware of that!
    Who in HELL are they listening to then?

    ” The decision to seek a dialogue came after more than 900 nuns spent four days doing what they call “listening to the Holy Spirit” inside a hotel ballroom. They represent about 80 percent of the 57,000 Catholic nuns in the United States. They were responding to an edict issued in April by Cardinal Levada’s office, which ordered three American bishops to rewrite the Leadership Conference’s statutes, evaluate its programs and publications, and revise its liturgies and rituals.
    The Vatican accused the group of promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith” and “corporate dissent” against church teachings, like those prohibiting the ordination of women to the priesthood, same-sex relationships and artificial birth control. ”

    “Msgr. Rey Manuel Monsanto, vicar general of the archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, also said the “cardinal-electors” should listen to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit when they choose the next Vicar of Christ.”

  • 28 mary ann // Mar 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Proposal: That Catholic teaching on reparation and restitution be followed in the absolution of sex abuse of minors as it is in theft. The penitent should be told that he is not absolved until he helps restore the child’s integrity and the peace of the family by confessing to the parents, whose child he has injured, so that the parents can address the injury to their child. Not to confess is to continue in a crime of injustice against the parents.

  • 29 Oso Pious // Mar 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    We need a game change! If not A black Pope, or a Latin Pope,or an Asian Pope, at least let’s get a Canadian Pope. As for the gay Cardinals, Father Gerald Fitzgerald s.P. once remarked sadly on the “gaying and greying of the Catholic priesthood.” It seems that the bishops and cardinals who protest the most against gays are themselves the most homosexual! My homosexual and pederast mentor used to tell us that Jesus anointed his apostles with his own sacred seed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Minor Seminaries were the fertile “gardens” where the pedophile priests could plant their sacred seeds and reap their annual crop of homosexual candidates.

  • 30 Anonymous // Mar 13, 2013 at 10:52 am

    A carefully worded statement from ArchBishop Scicluna .Why he suggested Benedict resign.


  • 31 Mary // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Alton, The Orthodox forbade homosexuals at the altar . I know several Orthodox churches here still do, but I have also been told by one poorly educated recently Ordained Orthodox priest that a homosexual pastor was no reason to leave a parish.Perhaps we are all headed this way? They just have to collect and burn all the Bibles and rewrite them all to be inclusive and wait till the last old priest dies off.
    Personally, I prefer the Marie Julie JaHenney prophetic clean up.Seems like the new Pope is very Ecumenically minded and an engineer of the same train Oso or Jacob spoke of.
    This is a new Pope that must fit into today’s political reality of globalization that has impovershed Argentines and the global middle class more than ever.
    “Argentina Economy: Government food price claims baffle Argentines”

  • 32 mary ann // Mar 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I just received in the mail a glossy four color solicitation from the Servants of the Paraclete, to help priests and brothers face “the challenges of daily life” that “are common to us all.” The nerve.

  • 33 Father Michael Koenig // Mar 16, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Mary, there were some scandals involving the Greek government and certain clergy in the Orthodox Church years back. The clergy were apparently homosexual. So I guess o one is immune though I wonder if making the priesthood open to married men makes for a smaller percentage of gay c;lergy. Eastern clerics generally impress me as somehow more masculine than many western priests and ministers Also Eastern Christian theology is very robust and demanding. It is not for the faint of heart or the “soft”. The presentation of the Gospel as a call to heroism made possible by the grace of God might keep a certain type of clergyman at bay. If I could sing, I’d look into becoming a Byzantine catholic yesterday!

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